BaliPure completes semis cast
Mark Escarlote on Oct 26, 2016 08:24 PM
BaliPure completes the semifinals cast with its fourth straight victory.
American import Kate Morrell led the hot-streaking BaliPure to the last semifinals ride as the Purest Water Defenders clobbered Laoag 25-21, 26-24, 25-13, Wednesday night for their fourth straight win in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.
The guest player showcased her attacking prowess especially in the second set when Morrell shattered a 24-all deadlock with back-to-back hits that took the fight out of the Power Smashers.
Morrell hammered down 18 kills and got three kills blocks for a 21-point explosion while adding seven digs on the defensive end. Amy Ahomiro finished with 14 while American setter dished out 46 excellent sets to go with her 13 points.
It was a one-sided affair in the third set as BaliPure blew out Laoag to improve to 4-1 win-loss record tied with Pocari Sweat. The Water Defenders also extended their streak of won sets to 12 since dropping a 4-setter against University of Sto. Tomas in their debut.
BaliPure joined UST (5-1), Pocari Sweat and Bureau of Customs (4-2) in the next round to complete the semis cast.
"That's good," said BaliPure veteran Charo Soriano of their semis-clinching win. "We're taking it one game at a time because our goal really is to keep on improving."
"We're very happy that we are in the semis already but we wanna focus on the rest of the games also in the elimination round," she added.
The Water Defenders will face Pocari Sweat on Saturday before closing their elims campaign against Philippine Coast Guard on Nov. 2.
Laoag dropped its fourth straight match to end its disappointing campaign at 2-5.
Jorelle Singh had 16 points while Open Conference Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones, who played for BaliPure in the Open Conference where she won tournament Most Valuable Player, was held down to only 11 markers for the Power Smashers.
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